I don’t claim to know anything about the new search war, whether IE will have integrated search, or even why I’m nowhere near the top result for Meri anymore (although this might hold some hints). I do, however, know what’s going on in my site stats. And this is what I see:

Server stats showing that MSNSearchbot is polling site twice as much as Google

The fact that the MSNSearch bots are polling twice as often as Google says something. Not sure whether it’s meaningful yet though.